How to Deduct Real Estate Education Courses and Membership Fees the Right Way

This is an exciting week. Other than the fact that this marks the 3rd last week of tax season this year (woo-hoo!), it is our first time having a booth at Real Estate Investment Network’s Real Estate Strategies Opportunities Solutions (Real Estate SOS) weekend. For the real estate investors who are going to attend this fantastic weekend, ...

Discover 4 Little Known Exceptions to Deducting Repairs & Maintenance Expense and 3 Common Real Life Examples

Before the last blog post about the Federal budget update, we discussed the tax difference between repairs and capitalized expense. We also discussed the criteria used by CRA to evaluate whether an expense is considered current or capital in nature. We learned that the criteria used by CRA is not black and white. In some cases, ...

5 Federal Budget Changes that Real Estate Investors Should be Aware Of

Last week, the Trudeau government came out with their budget for the first time. As a mother of two, I get upset at any tax and benefit cut against our children. There is no more Child Fitness Tax Credit (currently $1,000 maximum x 15% refundable to you), no more Children’s Art Credit, no more Education Tax Credit ...

Dream Big! And What Every Real Estate Investor Ought to Know About Repairs & Maintenance Expense (Part 2)

As a mother of two children under the age of 3, a small business owner, and a real estate investor, I often find myself lacking the time to read. Audiobooks are a life saver. It is the only way I can get some new knowledge in and get inspired and motivated. My recent favorite is Elon Musk ...

What Every Real Estate Investor Ought to Know About Repairs & Maintenance Expense (Part 1)

Hope everyone’s enjoying the spring-like weather in the middle of March. My children are definitely enjoying spending their time outdoor at the park rather than being stuck at home all day long. :) Bruce even got to go on a swing the first time last week. As real estate investors, our real estate investment is our ...

How to deduct full mortgage interest when turning your home into a rental property

Saving money is difficult here in Canada, especially in Ontario. When the government is charging over 50% personal income tax rate, for every dollar you make above the top bracket, you are only left with less than 50 cents to spend. My parenting philosophy is to demonstrate by example. My daughter Robin is at the age when ...